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These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

Ecology

Ecology seeks to explain how organisms respond to all aspects of their environment, including physical and chemical conditions and other individuals of the same or different species..

Key Skills & Knowledge

Analytical and critical thinking - Design experiments; develop theories; Synthesize complex information; Creative thinking; problem solving skills; decision making skills

Oral and written communication skills- presenting and communicating technical and scientific data and ideas clearly and articulately to both the scientific and non-scientific communities using current technology; Scientific and technical writing; Memorize large amounts of information

Organization and attention to detail- Independent worker, ability to meet deadlines; Inspect specimens; demonstrate precision and accuracy in data collection and observation; Data, time and resource management;

Research- Analyze and evaluate information; Interpretation of trends from results; gather and access data

Interpersonal- Working in a team; Oversee, supervise and contribute to a project

Technical- Perform laboratory procedures; Dissect preserved or euthanized specimens; Observe and make measurements on organisms; Administration of biological tests; Collect and preserve field organisms

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at alis.alberta.ca/occinfo

  • Aquatic Biologist
  • Biology Laboratory Technician
  • Conservation Ecologist
  • Ecologist
  • Ecotoxicologist
  • Environmental Assessment Officer
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Officer
  • Environmental Officer
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Protection Agent
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Fertilizer Evaluation Officer
  • Habitat Conservation & Restoration Consultant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Nature Interpreter
  • Park Planner
  • Research Ecologist
  • Research Technician
  • Scientific Writer/Editor
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Wildlife Program Co-ordinator

Potential Industries

  • Agricultural
  • Biotechnology
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Environment & Pollution Control
  • Food & Beverage Manufacturers
  • Government
  • Hospitals & Medical Centres
  • Magazines & Newspapers
  • Medicine & Health Organizations
  • Museums
  • Post-Secondary
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Publishing Companies
  • Research Institutions
  • Testing Laboratories
  • Zoos, Aquariums, National or Provincial Parks

Workshops

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Additional Resources

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.

Publications

Key Contacts

Faculty Contact
Biological Sciences, Room 186
T: 403.220-5261
W: http://www.bio.ucalgary.ca
Admissions: http://www.ucalgary.ca/admissions/ecology 

Clubs on Campus: 
Biology Student's Association
Students Interested in Medical Science
Science Students Society
Women in Science & Engineering

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020
E: csstdnt@ucalgary.ca
W: ucalgary.ca/careers